Monday, November 16, 2015

#REVIEW: Ishtar's Odyssey

Title: Ishtar's Odyssey: A Family Story for Advent
Author: Arnold Ytreeide
Publisher: Kregel
Published date: October 27, 2015
ISBN: 978-0825443930
Pages: 160
Genre: Children's Christian Fiction
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Synopsis: A new Advent family devotional from the author of Jotham’s Journey! Fourth in a set of Advent adventure books for families,Ishtar’s Odyssey follows the ten-year-old son of a Persian wise man as their caravan follows a star across the desert. Ishtar would just as soon stay in the comfort of the palace, but slowly he learns that there’s much to see, do, and learn in this world that can’t be experienced in school. He eventually meets Jotham, Bartholomew, and Tabitha as he follows his father and uncles in their search for a newborn king.
Arnold Ytreeide’s family advent devotionals have become a much-loved Christmas tradition, enjoyed by multiple generations. With over 100,000 in print they include Jotham’s JourneyBartholomew’s Passage, and Tabitha’s Travels.

Rating: 4 Stars

 My review:  I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This book is a story about a Persian prince, Ishtar, who is 10 years old, and sees a never-before seen star. His father and two uncles bring him along on a journey to follow the star that prophesies a Messiah for the Israelite people. Along the very long journey, Ishtar, a rather sheltered prince, is subjected to lessons that change him, arguably for the better.
This book's story is broken down into daily readings for Advent, and has questions at the end of each reading. At the end of the book is a calendar of sorts that tells what date is the first Sunday in Advent, and what day Christmas Eve falls on that year, all the way to the year 2081. I hope my children are reading this to their grandchildren in 2081.
The only negative that really bothered me in the story was that Ishtar (and everyone else) seemed to yell a lot, or at least the word yell was used to describe how they spoke. I think more descriptive words could have been used. Besides that, I can't wait till Advent starts this year to start this story with my girls.

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